15 Coffee Shops to Perk Up Your Days
We may not be spending hours on laptops in cafés right now, but we still crave that buzz.
The Pentagon City roaster is phasing out its winter menu in mid-March, so go soon to get your fix of the popular Salted Caramel Bliss, which packs a sweet-and-salty punch with caramel sauce, salted caramel syrup and a sea salt finish. Commonwealth Joe last year launched its own line of boxed cold brew, latte cartons and cold brew cans for home enjoyment. Café hours will expand in March when a cherry blossom-themed menu debuts and outdoor seating will reopen. Order for delivery on Doordash, Grubhub and Uber Eats, or use the Commonwealth Joe app or call ahead for fast pickup. //520 12th St. South, Arlington (Pentagon City)
Beer isn’t the only thing brewing at this buzzy spot in the Mosaic District. Grab a seat on Caboose’s ample patio (a dog lover’s heaven) and order your coffee via GoTab, a contactless ordering platform that you can access from your phone. On chilly days, customers have been super appreciative of the brewery’s fire pits. Caboose uses Lone Oak Coffee from Winchester in all of its java drinks, and partners with Lyon Bakery in Hyattsvile, Maryland for its baked goods. Popular orders include the simple cortado for a quick jolt, and the creamy horchata latte, which will be available on the spring menu. //2918 Eskridge Road, Fairfax (Mosaic District)
Is there a more perfect pairing than coffee and warm doughnuts? For a taste of spring, have the barista whip up a poached-pear latte to go with that pear-glazed doughnut (yeast-raised or cake; you pick). The veteran-owned family business in Ballston uses Intelligensia single-origin and high-end Geisha beans for its coffee program. Co-founder Charles Kachadoorian says they’re now scouting for new space to accommodate their bustling doughnut production. The small dining room is currently closed, but the counter is open, and customers have access to heated seating along Glebe Road. Order online to avoid the outside line, which can get long on weekends. //672 North Glebe Road (672 Flats Building), Arlington (Ballston)
East West serves two types of coffee—a nutty espresso blend (featuring beans from Mexico, Brazil and Ethiopia) and a medium-roast, single-origin drip coffee with notes of citrus, honey and nuts. Guests especially love the honey-cinnamon latte and the butterscotch latte, finished with caramel. East West offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as delivery via Doordash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. Want some brunch to go with your caffeine? Try the massive Turkish breakfast spread for two ($50), which includes a variety of cheeses (salty, grilled halloumi among them), plus sausages, fries, olives, spreads, vegetables, eggs, Turkish pastries, breads and (duh) coffee. //3101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington (Clarendon) Note: The Rosslyn location is temporarily closed.
Nick Freshman’s long-awaited coffee-and-cocktail bar at National Landing is now open, serving locally roasted coffee drinks with beans sourced from small, eco-conscious farms in El Salvador and Guatemala. Plus breakfast fare, salads, sandwiches, composed entrees and cocktails. //2011 Crystal Drive (National Landing), Arlington